PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A severely emaciated dog is in critical condition after humane officials say he was seized during the arrest of suspected drug dealers in the Glassport and Port Vue area.
According to the Western Pa. Humane Society, 3-year-old Reggie was found last Friday while the suspects were being taken into custody.
Reggie, a mastiff/pit bull mix, was turned over to a humane officer who then took him to the Western Pa. Humane Society.
Because of his condition, the Humane Society transferred him to the care of the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center.
In a press release, Western Pa. Humane Society Director Mary Withrow said: “Reggie is 30 to 40 pounds underweight and might be even thinner than Effie was when she was brought to us. His condition is critical right now, but we are giving him every chance to fight for his life.”
Effie is the dog that was rescued from an apartment in Homewood back in January. At the time, she weighed only 23 pounds, but today she is doing much better.
The staff at PVSEC was able to stabilize Reggie, and officials say he is still being medically evaluated.
“His body condition score was a one. Nine being the best, one being he shouldn’t still be with us. So he has shown some signs of improvement, but he did have to have blood transfusion today,” Withrow.
Humane Society officials say Reggie’s case highlights why people need to report animal abuse if they see it happening.
“This is the reality of unreported animal cruelty,” Withrow went on to say in the release. “Please say something if you see suspected animal abuse. Don’t let it be too late.”
Officials say an investigation into Reggie’s case is pending.